Pair of Seated Figures Playing Liubo
- Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 220)
- 1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.
- Earthenware with pigment
- a: H. 13 13/16 in. (35.1 cm); b: H. 13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm)
- Tomb Pottery
- Credit Line:
- Charlotte C. and John C. Weber Collection, Gift of Charlotte C. and John C. Weber, 1992
- Accession Number:
- 1992.165.23a, b
Both written records and archaeological finds attest to the popularity of the game of liubo (sometimes translated "six rods") during the Han dynasty. A board divided into roads, and twelve pieces (six for each players) and dice thrown to determine moves, constitute the basic equipment for the game. It is thought the pattern on the board has cosmological significance illustrative of earlier traditions of divinatory casting.
[ J. J. Lally & Co. , New York, 1987; sold to Weber]; Charlotte C. and John C. Weber , New York (1987–1992; on loan to MMA 1987–1992; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Ancient China," 2005.